Archive for January, 2014

Toronto Maple Leafs: Tough Decisions Looming For GM Dave Nonis

January 21st, 2014 1 Comment

With his club currently enjoying it’s first five-game winning streak in seven years, Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis can be forgiven if he has a smile on his face. Toronto’s recent good fortunes catapulted the Maple Leafs into sixth place in the Eastern Conference Standings, albeit under the cloud of playing 51 games, while most of the East sits at 49 games played. With the New York Rangers (7-2-1 in their past ten games), Columbus Blue Jackets (7-3-0 in their past ten games) and the Ottawa Senators (6-2-2 in their past ten games) all surging, Toronto must maintain their current pace or better, which saw them go 6-4-0 in their past ten games. The Detroit Red Wings (4-5-1) and Washington Capitals (2-5-3) are running cold of late. Both teams sit five points behind the Maple Leafs, both teams


Toronto Maple Leafs: What Is Going On In Toronto?

January 10th, 2014 No Comments

After making the playoffs for the first time in what felt like a decade last season, the expectations for the Toronto Maple Leafs heading in to the 2013-14 season were high. Sure, the Maple Leafs fell to the Boston Bruins in the first round of the playoffs last year, but they competed well with the eventual Eastern Conference representative in the Stanley Cup Finals, albeit losing in brutal fashion in game seven. Fast forward to 45 game mark of the 2013-14 season and, for the first time this season,  the Maple Leafs find themselves on the outside looking in when it comes to a playoff spot, sitting tenth in the Eastern Conference standings. After a great 6-1 start to the season, the Maple Leafs have been sliding in the standings for months. Injuries, suspensions and poor play by all parties


World Junior Championships: What Went Wrong For Canada?

January 5th, 2014 No Comments

If you are a fan of hockey on any level, by now you have heard about Canada’s fourth place finish at the 2013-14 World Junior Championships. Canada’s 2-1 loss to Russia, bounced Canada from earning a medal for the second straight year, which has many Canadians second guessing everything from the players that were selected, to the way Team Canada plays on the ice. To be fair, with Finland defeating Sweden in the Gold Medal Game, that marks the fifth different Gold Medal winner in six years, which speaks to the increase in popularity, diversity and love of the game of hockey on a global level. It also speaks to the level of preparedness other Nations are bringing to the table, and the excellent level of training and coaching they are offering their young players. Heading into the WJC, Canada


At The Half Way Point: Are The Toronto Maple Leafs Playoff Bound?

January 3rd, 2014 No Comments

Like many NHL teams, the Toronto Maple Leafs have had to endure a number of injuries to key players (Tyler Bozak, Joffrey Lupul and Dave Bolland), player suspensions (Nazem Kadri and David Clarkson) and a few bad calls during the first half of the 2013-14 NHL regular season schedule. Even with Toronto’s bad fortunes, the Blue and White have earned a decent 21-16-5 record, placing them Fifth overall in the Eastern Conference standings, three points up on the eighth place Philadelphia Flyers and nine points back of the Boston Bruins, who lead the Atlantic Division. With many Ontario-born NHL players bringing their “A” game to the Air Canada Centre, wins at Home have always been tough to come by for the Maple Leafs. Thus far, Toronto has put together a 14-8-1 record at Home, which dwarfs their paltry 7-8-4 Road